Goa to have tourist security force soon

Posted on 2008-12-30
PANAJI- In view of the heightened security threat perception along the state’s coastal belt, the Goa government is soon expected to give its nod for setting up of tourist security force in the state to provide security to the tourists arriving here.
The new security force would supplement the state tourist police, who being small in number cannot keep vigil on the 105-km coast of the state and is on the line of the coastal security scheme.
The government wants to implement it in view of the present circumstances and the proposal has been sent to the government for approval.
Following the directives of the central government to the states and Union territories to set up the coastal security force in view of attacks on tourists about a couple of years ago, the state government had set up a panel to study its formation and the report is now with the government for approval, which may be granted at earliest.
Accordingly 150 ex-servicemen would be employed for the purpose providing security, as laid in the central government scheme for which the central government would allocate a fund of Rs 1 crore. The scheme could be implemented from the next month or early in February, said sources in the government.